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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

July 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Psychologists say more people taking justice into their own hands may be a reflection of society's lowering threshold for stress.

Psychologists Dr. Nick Carden says Tuesday's shooting of a suspected thief can be attributed to society's immediacy factor. He says many of us struggle with wanting results on our own time line and when that doesn't occur it can be stressful and we can make rash decisions without thinking first of the consequences.

"I think people's ability to manage stress, people's ability to manage their personal lives has compounded and as a result of that people reach that threshold where again they makes those kind of decisions and in hindsight the consequences are such where they begin to recognize this was not a smart decision," said Dr. Nick Carden, The Renaissance Center.

Carden says we could all stand to work more on being patient and you do have to work at it. He suggests distracting yourself with music, if you get frustrated waiting at a traffic light or practicing that old adage of counting to ten before reacting.

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